Squirrels

Who is at risk of a squirrel infestation?

Any premises, especially residential properties are at risk of a squirrel infestation. By contact GoKill Manchester Pest Control services and following our recommended before and after advise this will help to deter foxes from disrupting your premises.

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Who is at risk of a squirrel infestation?

> Signs of a squirrel infestation?

If squirrels are present within the loft of your property, you will see a large pile or piles of shredded loft insulation which they have created as their nests.

If squirrels are present within the loft of your property, you will most likely see a hole or holes around the fascia boards. This is most likely to be their entry points from the outside and such holes are often the size of a tennis ball.

Squirrel droppings are noticeable and quite distinguishable, due to their large unusual shape. Their droppings are larger than rat droppings and approximately 8 – 12 millimetres in size, whereby the ends or edges are quite round.

> Why are squirrels found within lofts?

Squirrels regularly habitat within lofts in residential properties, as they seek shelter in warm and safe environments. This is a perfect location for breeding and more often than not they can resource materials within lofts to make their nests out of.

> Can squirrels damage your property?

Squirrels can create a lot of damage to your property, as they can chew through almost anything. They have razor sharp teeth which can chew through all types of materials, such as wood and hard woods, tiles, insulation materials, foam and even some soft metals. All these materials are present within lofts. If you suspect an infestation you must react quickly before they chew through your loft completely, as this can be extremely costly to repair any damage.

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> Are squirrels dangerous?

Squirrels can be dangerous, and become aggressive and vicious when provoked. Squirrels have extremely sharp teeth and sharp claws

> Why are squirrels so disruptive?

Squirrels are well-known for being more disruptive than other rodents, such as mice and rats. Squirrels can chew through most materials and destroy the inside of your property. They are also extremely noisy, which can be very annoying.

> Do squirrels make a lot of noise?

Squirrels make a tremendous amount of noise whilst scurrying around in your loft. They can become a nuisance and disrupt your sleep, as they continuously run around. You can also hear them chewing through materials and this may cause you concern as you will be wondering what they are destroying.

> Should I block any holes or entry points I find?

No, GoKill Manchester Pest Control recommends you do not block entry holes until our exterminator advises you and your infestation is completely eliminated.

> Why should I not block off any holes or entry points?

GoKill services advises you not to do this as you will prevent the adult squirrels from getting to their young, which are most likely to be nesting within your property. By blocking such holes or entry points this will only infuriate the squirrels and they will attack any blocked work with a vengeance. In turn, although your aim is to deter them from entering and destroying your property, you will end up causing more damage. Squirrels have been known to become extremely territory when they have nests and young; our GoKill technicians have witnessed greater damage to lofts and properties once the owners have attempted to get rid of the squirrels themselves. Therefore, we highly recommend that as soon as you suspect an infestation you contact GoKill Pest Control services immediately to exterminate the infestation before they cause hundreds of pounds worth of damage.

Squirrel infestation prevention

> Squirrel infestation prevention

Throughout your property, gardens, out buildings and streets, ensure there is no unwanted human food, pet food and bird seed debris lying around. Ensure bin lids are closed and there is no waste bags lying around, this will prevent squirrels from coming into your property and feeding on the content. Review your garden and property for any holes and gaps where squirrels can enter.

> Can squirrels nest within my garden??

Yes, squirrels most certainly can nest within your garden, as well as within properties and out buildings.

> Why are squirrels pests to my garden?

Squirrels can cause much disruption to your garden, as they chew through almost anything within the garden. They like to gorge on trees, bulbs, plants, flowers, birds, bird eggs, bird food and any unwanted waste which is present. They can also seek shelter in out buildings and destroy all materials within them.

> Why do squirrels like out buildings?

Squirrels regularly habitat within out buildings in your garden, such as sheds, garages and dog houses, as they seek shelter in warm and safe environments. These are perfect locations for breeding and more often than not they can resource materials within them to make their nests out of.

> Are grey squirrels one of the reasons for the decline in woodland and songbird species?

Yes, they have been known to be one of the reasons for the decline in woodland and songbird species, as they tend to feed on their eggs and their chicks.

> Are grey squirrels one of the reasons for the decline in native, red squirrels?

Yes, they have been known to be one of the reasons for the decline in native, red squirrels, as they spread around a poxvirus. Due to this fact the population of red squirrels has declined and the population of grey squirrels has increased. The poxvirus they spread, causes scabs, lesions to the face and feet, then inevitability this leads to the death of the animal.

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